Democrats block revamped earnings tax bill in Missouri Senate

The latest legislation against the 1 percent earnings tax in St. Louis is on hold in the Missouri Senate.

Late Monday, Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, unveiled a revamped bill that would exempt St. Louis residents from paying the tax on their first $10,000 earned, instead of phasing out the tax completely. Additionally, anyone at or below the federal poverty level would not have to pay the tax at all.

Democrats, including Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis, said the new version of Senate Bill 575 would still cripple the city’s ability to function, arguing that “if you’re going to take one-third of our city budget, you should find a way to replace it.”

Schaefer pulled the bill from the Senate floor just as Nasheed and fellow Democrat Joe Keaveny of St. Louis were about to launch a filibuster.

Senate President Pro-tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said last week that SB 575 should not be brought up after St. Louis voters overwhelmingly voted to renew the earnings tax.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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